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Chris Wallace on Colin Powell: He was 'very protective' of his reputation

Added 10-18-21 02:57:02pm EST - “Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Monday remembered the late former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his controversial speech before the United Nations in 2003 about weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq War began.? ?” - Thehill.com

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Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceSunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year Fauci thinks people will have flexibility to mix and match vaccines Fauci on why he's polarizing: 'Sometimes the truth becomes inconvenient for some people' MORE on Monday remembered the late former Secretary of State Colin PowellColin Luther PowellGen. Milley faces his toughest day yet on Capitol Hill Civil rights museum to honor Michelle Obama, Poor People's Campaign In Afghanistan, lines between aid and government agendas are blurred MORE and his controversial speech before the United Nations in 2003 about weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq War began.  

"I think the low light of his career was in 2003, when he addressed the United Nations and made the case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He didn't want to make that speech," Wallace said during Fox's coverage of Powell's death. "He took a lot of pressure from people in the Bush 43 white house including vice president Cheney who was reported to have said 'look you got high approval ratings, you can use a few of those points to sell the war.' He was very skeptical of the case and actually went out to the C.I.A. and was briefed on it and asked questions and was not thrilled about it but got given order by his boss President Bush and Vice President Cheney and spoke before the U.N. and of course most of what he said about Saddam Hussein having chemical and biological weapons turned out not to be true." 

Wallace said Powell took the pressure to make that speech on behalf of the Bush White House "very personally." 

"He was very protective, understandably so, of his reputation, of his integrity and he said for years later this was a stain on his career and he very much regretted making that speech," Wallace added. 

In 2003, Powell testified before the UN that intelligence had shown that the Iraqi military was deceiving U.N. inspectors and possessed weapons of mass destruction.

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